Black Male Students Doing Worse Than Bad

A new report about our glorious post-racial American education system reveals that black males are doing absolutely horribly by nearly every measure. Oh, you knew that already? No, we mean worse than was already thought. Which is bad.

Among the findings of the new report from the Council of the Great City Schools, as summarized in the NYT today:

  • "Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys."
  • Also, young white male students who are in poverty do as well as young black male students who are not in poverty.
  • "In high school, African-American boys drop out at nearly twice the rate of white boys, and their SAT scores are on average 104 points lower."
  • Only 5% of college students in 2008 were black men. At the same time, black men were incarcerated more than any other demographic group—at 6.5 times the rate of white males.
Thank god the Young Guns are in Washington, to straighten this out.

[NYT. Photo: Shutterstock]